Five Montgomery County High Schools Make Newsweek’s List of Best in the Nation

Five Montgomery County high schools made Newsweek’s ranking of the top 500 high schools in the United States, which was released Wednesday.

The website ranked high schools based on a college readiness score, graduation rates and the percentage of college-bound graduates.

Poolesville High School, a whole school magnet, was the highest-ranked school in Maryland. It came in 110th in the country with 85.4 percent of its graduates college-bound, according to Newsweek.

The four other area high schools in the top 500 were Walt Whitman in Bethesda at 187, Thomas S. Wootton in Rockville at 254, Winston Churchill in Potomac at 268 and Walter Johnson in Bethesda at 395.

Four of the five schools were also included in a ranking earlier this year of the top 200 schools from U.S. News. But that news outlet had the schools ranked in a much different order.

In the U.S. News ranking, Whitman led Montgomery County high schools at 55, Churchill was next at 69, followed by Wootton at 101 and Poolesville at 129. Two other county high schools were among the top 200 in the U.S. News ranking: Bethesda-Chevy Chase was at 161 and Richard Montgomery 191.



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